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| Background: solid student, high test scores, Lutheran, middle class, grew up in a large college town: majority of friends were professor's kids, played 3 sports in high school, active at church and academic clubs. At Valpo, I am active in Greek life, intramural and club sports, and a few academic groups and honor societies |
*NO DIVERSITY. Throughout high school roughly half of my friends were Asian. If you like white,upper middle class suburban who are unaware of the world around them, this is the school for you.
*Dull, ignorant university
*I (my parents) chose Valpo over more prestigious schools and strongly regret the decision
*Don't be deceived by rankings or university propaganda
*Social life centers around drinking. I realize this is common, but no other school has the VUPD. They will LITERALLY follow and question you at night regardless if you have been drinking.
*Christ College and CORE are engaging classes but I swear their only purpose is for student retention. If you try to transfer, you will find out that these 16 or 10 credits won't.
on the bright side...
* students have stronger morals/values than most schools
*many opportunities for students to become involved on campus
THE BOTTOM LINE: 90% of my complaints are realated to social aspects. If you are active, ambitious, and intelligent, you will have trouble fitting in. Go to another school. Don't make the same decision I did. I feel I have been socially and intellectually surpassed by friends who chose better universities.Valpo is a fine choice for many students, just not for myself.
|Aug 31 2008|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2011 |
| *Don't drive to Chicago, just get a damn ride to the train station from a friend or on the V-Line. Its much cheaper trust me.|
*If you see the VUPD duct tape your ass crack because they are going to rape you.
*Go to Dish. Its a great restaurant in town and it will be like an orgasm in your mouth, though its a little pricey. And if you don't go then I will orgasm in your mouth.
*Find a girl or girls to have sex with constantly... its just fun (that goes for the females too). Also, be considerate and buy your roommate some earplugs.
*Begin playing poker. If you don't like poker begin playing strip poker. If you don't know how to play poker just strip.
*The cafeteria trays can be used for anything: Sledding, hall sledding, hall snowboarding, baseball, homework, you can even eat of them if you are truly daring.
*Sleep in Sundays and get some waffles before the God Squad steals your food. 10:55 is best I believe.
*Jimmy John's will become a life sustaining resource if you go to this school. The Italian Night Sub rules.
*Maria Lana's is also good, especially for pizza and its cheap. Tip well and they might not even spit in your food.
*Get good grades. I really didn't think I needed to say that but in case you forgot, its pretty much all you've got at Valpo.
*Experiment with your drinking: College mixology is a wonderful and creative art. And for your own sake offer your RA a drink. This will get you on their good side and introduce you to their theories on the dry campus?
*When you are checking out for freshman year hide hundreds of something in your room (whether it be post-it notes or snapple bottle caps or something). Then come back the next year. You will get to meet some very confused and freaked out people.*Find an anorexic friend you can count on when your meal card runs out.
|Jul 30 2008|| 5th Year Female --
Class 1950 |
|Not so bright|
| Valpo's academics are severely underrated. I'm an engineering major and the experiences I've had in classes and in labs have put me way ahead of my counterparts and landed me quite a few kick ass jobs and internships. Also the profs are awesome and generally very approachable but they will occasionally kick your butt a little with the most impossible exam you've ever seen (for example they might congratulate you on your final for getting a 60% because you have the best score in the class so far). Oh and if your thinking about engineering (or nursing apparently?): its hard, deal with it. You will have to live in the dorms the first few years (unless you join a frat) but don't worry they can be a great time (hall sledding/snowboarding, hall ping pong, hall streaking, hall water balloon launcher dodging, hall breaking shit with a frisbee, and hall stumbling from having a little too much to drink can all be quite fun). Valpo girls are a little shy and can get a bad wrap but once you get them to open up they all seem to be crazy kinky chicks (Except of course the Super God Squad who never open, it is a Lutheran school after all.) In the past the administration has been incredibly awful but there's new hope with the new President; he's got an earing and he's not a pastor so he's automatically an improvement over all previous presidents. The social life here is tiny to the point of non-existence. Yes, there are frat parties (though all the good ones seem to get put on probation) and dorm parties but they are all small and quiet. Despite this VUPD (the irritable fucks driving around pushing over grandmas, shooting kids on skateboards with tazers, and raiding frat houses with guns drawn... oh yeah the last two are actually true) seeks to ruin your shit. It does not matter if you obey the law or not, they will follow you, question you, arrest you, or at least molest you if you do not instantly and enthusiastically 'assume the position' at the very sight of them. They are undoubtedly the most inept police force I have ever had the good fortune to ask to lick my left nut sack. Also, get a car. Valparaiso is a small town but have no fear Chicago is near. There was a list of 110 things to do in Valparaiso... I read it once... #1 Go to Walmart. #2 GET THE FUCK OUT OF VALPO. |
|Jul 30 2008|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2010 |